Update 2016 Start with Kyrgyzstan Travel Facts. You will undoubtedly read on other travel guides that Kyrgyzstan is the "Switzerland of Central Asia". There is one thing correct about that statement. Kyrgyzstan is indeed in Central Asia. But make no mistake that the comparison is far from accurate. Geographically, Kyrgyzstan might resemble Switzerland a bit. They both have mountains that are tall and rocky. They are also both small countries. That is it though. Don't go to Kyrgyzstan expecting to find excellent chocolate, precision clocks and a society that is maddeningly orderly. In fact, life in Kyrgyzstan is the opposite. It is disorderly and sometimes chaotic. The country continues to struggle more than a decade after the fall of the Soviet Union. It is landlocked and without much industry. It is small and poor and when you go into the rural areas that poverty will be undeniable. Its main city Bishkek is beautifully located yet post-Soviet grungy. It has fancy restaurants catering to the NGO crowd and crumbling apartments that never looked good when they were brand new.